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Minecraft Grosses ~$33M

Gamasutra offers some calculation based on a Reddit comment by Notch where the Minecraft designer says the indie sensation sold 800,000 alpha copies and another million more since, for an estimated $33 million in gross revenue before PayPal fees, taxes, etc. Here's what he says about where this "huge wad of money" is: "It all ends up in an account somewhere, and I try not to look at it. I get a normal salary these days for day to day stuff, but there's a big pile somewhere." Thanks Joao.

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35. Re: Minecraft Grosses ~$33M Apr 7, 2011, 09:03 Beamer
Luck is at least 33% of success. At least.

I'd say it's at least 33% dumb luck (including being born into the right family in the right location with the right finances and the right family friends), 20% intelligence (which, really, is determined by luck, isn't it?), 13% drive and 33% charisma/people skills that let you make yourself valuable enough and likeable enough to the right people. Even part of that last one is luck, as if you're born more personable or better looking you've got a huge advantage.

Hard work is really overrated. It's certainly a part, but merely working hard doesn't get you anywhere.
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